For CIOs and IT managers at midsize businesses in particular, it is critical to build the right kind of shared IT data infrastructure to manage and secure the data that employees can access with a mobile or personal device. The veritable lifeblood of a company can often be found or accessed from a laptop or mobile device. Making sure they are secure is of paramount importance -- but those security efforts must also be balanced with enough flexibility and ease of use to ensure that employees are not limited or unduly burdened in their ability to do their jobs.
Unfortunately, many employees don't fully understand that protecting information is part of their job -- an important part. Any infrastructure additions or improvements must be made in parallel with a process of employee education that clearly explains the risks and responsibilities employees take when they utilize their own devices for work.
At NetApp, all employees are expected to complete training that addresses and plainly clarifies what is expected of us to ensure that we are protecting our assets and ensuring we are keeping the company secure. There are things that technology can do, but technology alone will not be able to protect everyone in all cases -- especially when people are not careful.
With that critical cooperation in place, companies can then put in place the type of agile data infrastructure that scales to meet the needs of devices as they are brought on, and enables quick response to any issues that arise. This ensures that as data grows, companies can manage it from an efficiency standpoint, while taking advantage of some very simple tools to protect that data within the infrastructure. This also dramatically limits potential downtime, by allowing upgrades or issues to be addressed non-disruptively.